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Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

Thinking of skiing in Sainte-Foy? Often referred to as 'the best kept secret of the Alps, Sainte-Foy is nestled amongst the trees. This uncrowned gem is a charming hamlet known only to a select few.

Why Sainte-Foy Ski Resort?

  • Uncrowded slopes
  • Attractive mountain setting with tree-lined slopes
  • Easy access to larger resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère

Sainte-Foy Information

First opened as a ski resort in 1990, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise is close to the large resorts of Tignes, Les Arcs and Val d'Isère yet holds a real unspoilt, intimate village atmosphere. Built in the Savoyard style it gives a seamless blend of old and new, a refreshing change from some of the concrete jungles found in the larger alpine resorts.

Although small, Sainte-Foy has enough restaurants and bars for a ski holiday and there are some great alpine chalets serving delicious authentic cuisine. Because the resort is quite contained, no accommodation is far from the lifts or nursery slope.

The skiing in Sainte-Foy is renowned for its fantastic off-piste opportunities for intermediate and experts and great snow conditions. Away from the slopes, there are plenty of activities on offer from dog sledding and paragliding to snow-shoeing.

The friendly and helpful Sainte-Foy Tourist Office is open throughout the winter to answer any questions and provide further information. Their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.

SAINTE FOY SKI AREA

On paper, potential visitors to Sainte Foy may be fooled into thinking there isn't much skiing on offer in this small resort. As well as large areas of easy and more difficult off-piste which the area is well-known for, the ski area in Sainte-Foy also has something to offer all levels of skiers and snowboarders on its pistes.

Benefiting from good snow cover throughout the winter, Sainte-Foy is a northwest-facing resort meaning powder stays around for days and is sheltered by the many trees. The ski area sits across an altitude of 1550m-2620m. The pistes are known for the way they snake through the larch trees, a very attractive and peaceful setting. The ski lifts give access to many official nature trails (3 black, 1 red, 1 blue) and the option of a heli-drop can take you further afield to even wilder landscapes across the Italian border.

The 1650m long six-person chairlift now joining Charmettes at 1800m to Marquise at 2500m has dramatically increased the lift-accessed terrain. The blue-run Grand Solliet and red-run La Fogliettaz have been created recently as a result of this lift and more off-piste routes have been made easily accessible. The resort is home to a few uncrowded and easy green and blue runs through trees which are child-friendly and ideal for second-week skiers to build confidence.

Sainte Foy is famous for its vast amounts of quiet, untouched powder slopes. The lift system offers access to a choice of green, blue and reds that run through the trees offering great fun and are real confidence builders. This resort appeals to a mixed level of skiers and snowboarders and is frequented by locals and ski instructors from nearby 'mega resorts' on their days off.10 snow cannons on the blue Les Charmettes and the Arpettaz and Savonette red runs mean snow conditions are good here until end of the season.

In order to guarantee regular, quality snow, every year they improve the snow production systems. This winter 2018/19, 18 new snow cannons have been set up on the lower slopes of Crêt Serru, Tobbogan and Creux de Formeïan. With these new installations, there will be a total of 80 snow cannons in the ski area.

Slope/lift details as per main panel:

  • Lifts: 7 (4 chairlifts, 2 moving carpets, 1 telecord)
  • 2 green slopes for beginners
  • 6 blue slopes + a blue discovering area ‘‘Grand Bois’’
  • 10 red slopes + themed zone “big bosses” une zone à thème ‘‘the big bosses’’ a freestyle course with mogul area, level red non-pisted
  • 1 black slope + 3 themed zones “ski-nature”, level black, non-pisted but secured and marked
  • 1 toboggan slope on the branch to Bataillettaz, accessible by magic carpet. Free
  • There are 2 picnic areas on the Marquise sector

SAINTE FOY SKIING

SAINTE FOY BEGINNERS

The quiet, relaxed slopes of Sainte-Foy make it ideal for families and beginners. It has a small free drag lift at the bottom of the piste (opposite Les Fermes de Sainte-Foy) which is great for beginners. Although there are few green runs, one of the 2 available is long and there are also some gentle blue runs (one in resort and several higher up).

SAINTE FOY INTERMEDIATES

There are plenty of red runs suitable for intermediate skiers looking to sharpen their technique. Since 2018 there’s a new red south-west-facing slope in the La Marquise sector, served by the Les Marquises chairlift. At the starting point, there is a Chamois sign that gives children and adults instructions for off-piste skiing, and advice about precautions to take.

SAINTE FOY EXPERTS AND OFF-PISTE

Well-known for its off-piste options, Sainte-Foy is great for those looking to take their skiing to the next level.

There are 3 dedicated areas for practising off-piste:

  • Techniride (A) and Off-Track (B): free ride safe zones where obstacles are not signalised
  • Shaper Paradise (C): secured area specially dedicated to freestyle

The more daring can also take a guide to explore and ski Sainte Foy on one of the renowned off-piste routes to the deserted farming hamlet of Le Monal, or the infamous 1700m vertical descent of the north face of Fogliettaz. Sainte Foy Tarentaise’s proximity to the Italian boarder means it is easy to arrange a day’s heli-skiing above La Thuile and La Rosière too.

SAINTE FOY SNOWBOARDERS

There is a dedicated freestyle area and also some great free-riding terrain available to snowboarders.

Sainte Foy Ski Hire

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Sainte Foy 2018/19   

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

We have selected Skiset to ensure that only the highest standard of equipment and service will be provided for all levels of skiers. More information on ski hire.

We have 2 conveniently located hire shops in Sainte-Foy for all your ski and snowboard equipment needs. We offer competitive prices and special offers are also available. Pre-booking your equipment hire will allow you to save precious skiing time once in the resort and means you can budget for your ski holiday, knowing that it is already book and paid for.

 

Sainte Foy Lift Passes

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Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

You have the choice to purchase a ski pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner, as shown in our table below.

Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Sainte Foy at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

Sainte Foy – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €21.10 children, €28.30 adults
Day - €23.20 children, €31.50 adults

Sainte Foy Ski School

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 11 years, in Sainte Foy, with Ski Collection. 

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Sainte Foy 2018/19   

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged.

Sainte Foy Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.

From €44-55 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €51-62 for 1 hour for 3-6 pers

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

Sainte Foy Tarentaise 
Tel: 00 33 4 79 06 96 76

 

Sainte Foy Childcare

For ESF ski lessons prices from 4 years (can include lunch and additional care for rest of day), see our ski school tab. Ski Collection can pre-book ski lessons.

For creche under 4 years or non-ski creche until 11 years, see below. The creche is to be booked direct using the below contact details.

The “P’tits Trappeurs”
Station 73640 Sainte-Foy
Tel: 0033 479 06 97 92
lespetitstrappeurs@loisirs-solutions.com
contact.saintefoy@loisirs-solutions.com

The “P’tits Trappeurs” club will look after children aged 3 to 11 years from 9am to 4.45pm. Sunday to Friday (Closed Saturday) at its new well-equipped premises in the centre of the resort. Activities include: sledging, making snowmen, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games…

2018/19 prices 1 Day 3 Days 5 Days  6 Days  
Day without meal 8h45-12h/13h30-16h45 €40 €103 170 €203 
Day with meal 8h45 à 16h45 €50 142 226 274 
Half day 8h45-12h ou 13h30-16h45 29 €72  115  142
Meal + Afternoon 12h à 16h45 €42 €115 188 226 
1 Hour (exceptionally) 15      
Meal + supervision (12h-13h30) 36      

 

They ensure the liaison with the ski school (ESF Sainte-Foy). This way your child can be accompanied to, and collected from the ski school. Please ask for information at the Club des P’tits Trappeurs.

A list of babysitters is available from the tourist office.

Activities

There are many opportunities for activities other than skiing in Sainte Foy, ranging from paragliding, dog-sledding and snow-shoeing to guided snow walks and snow biking. The resort also offers opportunities for a days' heli-skiing. See below for more detailed information.

Paragliding

Feel "Free as a bird" with a paragliding flight. Discover the freedom and tranquillity of flying whilst witnessing the true magnificence of the French Alps, soaring over views that take your breath away. Departure La Rosière / Arrival Les Ecudets. Suitable for both skiers and pedestrians.

Reservations by email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com

Guide Prices:
€95 per person (approx. 20mins)

Snow Shoeing

Morning (starting at 9am), afternoon (starting at 2.00pm) and nightime (starting at 6.00pm) snowshoes walks. Themed excursions, suitable for all levels, from beginner to confirmed walker, subject to planning and weather conditions. Mini bus transfers included. Suitable for ages 7+. 

Reservations by email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com 

The Walks

Sunday "Discovery" walk (2hrs, suitable for all levels, equipment provided) - 14€ p/p

"The Lover Path" (1.5hrs, suitable for all levels, special offer on snowshoe hire at 3€) - 14€ p/p

Out to "Oxygenate" (2hrs, suitable for all levels) - 22€ p/p

Out on "Trapper" tracks (2hrs30, especialy for children) - 25€ p/p

"Panoramic" roundtrip (2hrs30, suitable for all levels, lift pass required) - 26€ p/p

"Emotional " Snowshoes (3hrs, intermediate walker) - 29€ p/p

"Freeride" excursion (3hrs30, good walkers only) - 32€ p/p

"Performance" hike (3hrs30, good walkers only) - 32€ p/p

Dog Sledding

See the dogs doing what they were born to do, in their natural habitat. Learn to drive your own team of dogs in the Alaskan sport of dog mushing or be a passenger in the sledge of the instructor. Both experiences are suitable for beginners. Prices vary, please see below.

Email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com

Guide Prices:
Passenger excursion (20 mins) - €40 p/p
Driver from 13yrs (30 mins) - €50 p/p
Driver (physical/sporty excursion - 1hr) - €80 p/p
Driver (Half day excursion* - 3hrs) - €120 p/p
*Half day excursion through the forest of Sainte Foy Tarentaise

Skibiking

2 hour initiation: €30 per person, ski-bikes provided.

Subsequent hire €25 / day (€15 / half day)
Tel: +33 (0)6 70 63 98 83

Parapente

David Bicheron, Paragliding instructor offering tandem flights.
Tel: +33 (0)6 12 90 10 62

Ice Driving

Professional instructors will teach you how to handle your vehical safely when driving on a surface with very little adherence including emergency braking, locked steering, controlled skidding/sliding etc. 2 laps with a professional driver:

Reservations by email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com  

Guide Prices:

Subaru GT:
1 person - €50
2 people - €60
3 people - €70

Private lessons (dependant upon car model):
TwingoRs traction (133 cv) - €60
Clio RS traction (172 cv) - 70 
BMW 325 prop (192 cv) - 80
Subaru GT intégral (217 cv) - 100
Porsche boxster (210 cv) - 120

Paret Sledge Descent

A great fun way to end your day on the slopes - take the last lift (lift pass required) and experience the incredible descent before night falls.

2 different runs: the beginner's (from the top of Roches Noires to the bottom of the slopes) and the expert's (from the top of Roches Noires to the bottom of les Ecudets with a warming vin chaud upon arrival and minibus return transfer included). From 8yrs old, equipment included.

Reservations by email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com 

Guide Prices:
Beginner run (30 min descent 500m downhill) - €8
Expert run (1 hr descent 1100m downhill) - €29

Night-time Excursion & Savoyard Evening

Make the most of the beautiful mountains into the evening. Leave from the resort for a night-time snowshoeing or sledging excursion under the moonlight, followed by a magical dinner in a Mongolian Yurt at the Wilderness Camp of Le Mousselard. Enjoy the atmosphere around the log fire.

Sledging or snowshoeing

1 hour long each, accompanied by an instructor and suitable for all levels. Typical Savoyard meal includes local cold cuts, cheese Fondue, dessert and drinks. Bus transfer to La Rosiere included.

Reservations by email: contact@evolution2saintefoy.com

Guide Prices:
Adults - €62
Children (under 12 years) - €36

Sainte Foy Toboggan

The Toboggan traces hairpin bends over nearly 1.5km. Confirmed as a red piste in 2013, it snakes through the forest sheltered from view. For those skiers wishing to ski “like the grown ups” it is perfect; of a boarder cross sort, though not landscaped, it follows a slope not too easy but very enjoyable.

The above information is for reference only and it is advised that visitors to Sainte-Foy seek additional up-to-date information from the Sainte Foy tourist office:

Sainte Foy Office
Bon Conseil Dessus
73640 Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
Booking Centre: +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19


Sainte Foy Resort News and Events 2018/19

Check out the latest news from Sainte-Foy on the Tourist Office website - www.saintefoy-tarentaise.com

Sainte Foy Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

There are several bars and restaurants in Sainte Foy. For more lively après ski Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les Arc a just short drive away.

Altitude Restaurants in Sainte Foy

Les Brevettes
At the top of the 1st chairlift (accessible by pedestrians and snowshoes)
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)6 87 26 10 11

Chez Léon
Tartiflette, gratin and lasagne cooked in a wooden stove - Calm terrace facing Mont Pourri - Reservation advised
Plan Bois, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 83

Les Marquises
Sardinian inspiration - Terraces facing Mont Pourri and the Turia glacier - Live music
Marquises, 73 640; +33 (0)7 63 79 08 08

Restaurants and Bars in Sainte Foy

Le W
New for Winter 2017-18 - Modern - Traditional burgers with local ingredients
+33 (0)7 68 61 48 95

The Saint Germain wine bar
Tapas boards - Savoy wines
+33 (0)6 60 33 41 18

L'à Coeur
Cosmopolitan - French and South-African owners, Anglo-Japanese chef - Wine bar
Bon Conseil, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 07 94 29

Chalet La Maison à Colonnes
Panoramic terrace - 17th century Savoyard chalet with typical Santaferian architecture
Bon Conseil Dessous, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 94 80

La Bergerie
Exquisite attention to detail in the cuisine offered by chef Guillaume Crosnier
+33 (0)4 79 06 90 16

L'Iceberg
Après-ski bar - Close to the ski school
+33 (0)4 79 04 14 86

Bar L'Après
Live concerts - Match screening - WiFi
Les Charmettes, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 25 74

Le Monal
An institution for 130 years
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 90 07

La Grange
Cosy ambience - Old stones and wood-fires
Chef-lieu, 73 640; +33 (0)4 79 06 97 30


Amenities

Sainte Foy offers a well equipped selection of ski shops, small supermarkets and a children's area near to the ski school. Other amenities include banks, a post office and bakeries. Nearest pharmacy is in Seez (20 min away by car).

Food Stores

Epicerie le Campaillou
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 90 05 

Une Marmotte au Soleil - Newagents, gifts, souvenirs, local products, bread. Cheeses and charcuterie cut to order, raclettte, fondue and delicatessen corner. Open 7 days, 08:30 - 19:00. Located next door to ESF.
Les Balcons de Sainte-Foy
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 06 03 57

Other Amenities

Cash Point: located at parking Maisonnettes (P3)

Medical Centres

Emergency numbers: Fire 18, Police 17, Medical 15 (or 112 for all from mobiles).

Doctor: Tel: +33 (0)6 68 10 88 36

Nearest Hospital

Bourg Saint Maurice
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 79 79

Getting to Sainte-Foy, France

By Road:

From Calais: 587 miles, approximately 9 hrs/

Motorway A26 Reims, Dijon A6 Maçon A43/A430 Albertville. Main road N90 Bourg Saint Maurice and follow signs for Sainte Foy.

Circulating on snow: before leaving, remember to take snow chains appropriate to your vehicle. In case you don't buy them in the UK, there are chains on sale: Superette Utile Sainte Foy station, Sainte Foy village or Bourg Saint Maurice.

Service Stations: Val d’Isère (12 km), Bourg Saint Maurice (15km), La Rosière (16km).

All mountains passes (Col du Petit Saint Bernard, Col de l’Iseran, Col de la Madeleine, Cormet de Roselend, …) are closed during winter.

By Air:

Chambery: 75 miles, approximately 1hr 30
Website:http://www.chambery-airport.com/index_en.html  

Lyon: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 15
Website:http://www.lyonaeroports.com/eng

Grenoble: 122 miles, approximately 2hrs 10
Website:http://www.grenoble-airport.com/-GENERAL-PUBLIC-AREA-.html

Geneva: 125 miles, approximately 2hrs 20
Website:https://www.gva.ch/en/desktopdefault.aspx

Private taxi transfers from airports to Sainte Foy are pre-bookable via Ski Collection. See our airport & station transfers page for more information.

By Bus:

If you are getting the Alti Bus service to Sainte Foy from Bourg Saint Maurice train station, please ensure that you get the bus that stops at “Sainte Foy Station” and not “Sainte Foy Tarentaise”, as this is 5 miles before the actual ski resort of Sainte Foy Station.

By Rail:

Bourg St Maurice is the nearest train station. You can get a direct ski train from London to Bourg St Maurice on Friday night or Saturday. Bourg St Maurice train station private transfer pre-bookable through Ski Collection.


Sainte Foy Opening Dates

Sainte Foy ski area is open: Saturday 15/12/18 – Sunday 14/04/19.

Special Offers
* Special offers applicable to accommodation cost only, not to travel or ski extras See more special offers

Accommodation in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise

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